A reader asked our “Top Chef All-Stars” analystswhy Padma Lakshmi decided to introduce last night’s elimination challenge while wearing a bikini guaranteed to turn Mike Isabella’s brain into conch meat. Joe Yonan and Bonnie Benwick had swift answers.

“Maybe she’s going to have a work-out video out soon?” Food Editor Yonan pondered before delivering a more decisive opinion:

“I think that the reason they put Padma in a bathing suit is because...my God, did you see Padma in a bathing suit? It worked!”

“She was,” added Deputy Editor Benwick, “the best dish on the show.”

Want more insightful commentary on last night’s show? Watch the video chat above.